Originally from Wisconsin, I moved to Colorado in 2005 in order to get closer to the mountains and rock climb. When it occurred to me that I would never make money with that hobby, I went to grad school. I received a masters in English and American Literature from New York University in May of 2009. I have since then opted not to pursue a PhD, for studying and writing about wine is far more fascinating (well, perhaps not moreso than Virginia Woolf, but still… for the long haul?). My favorite wines come from the old world, especially the Rhone, Burgundy, Rioja, Piedmont, and Tuscany. I am also smitten with roses, Italian hard-to-pronounce white varietals, and dessert wines from around the world. By day I run a wine shop. By nite, I sip and tell. It’s rough… but someone must do this.
ahausman has written 187 posts for the persistent palate.

euro scribbles: bits, bites and sips (mainly) from the south of France…

I always love to share a list of the bites, sips and places I laid my head for those traveling (as well as for myself in future visits!). Minervois Sleep Visit Chateau Saint Jacques d’Alba. This phenomenal regional winemaker not only has a couple quaint gites for rental on his property, he also has a … Continue reading

euro scribbles: back in the rhone.

(Yes! There’s more…  I am a slacker, so this and the next are a continuation of my travels last week!)… Making our way from Montpellier to the Rhone was a simple, scenic trip by car. The clouds were hanging low, and the sun was fighting to make its point. Stubby, pensive winter-pruned Grenache vines stood … Continue reading

euro scribbles: millesime bio 2015

In my relatively short career in wine, I have seen the shape and perception of organic wine change quite drastically. First, maybe eight or nine years ago, the assumption was that they were too expensive and generally not all that interesting– at least to everyday consumers walking into my shop. Meanwhile, the industry began to … Continue reading

euro scribbles: winter “work” the south of france.

An otherwise frail, gentle looking woman of about just under feet and perhaps seven decades of time on earth elbows me to hobble into the train before me.  As I stumble to get my balance back, I think, ‘Ah yes, it feels good to be back in France.’ A hazy afternoon of planes, trains and … Continue reading

MW scribbles no 2: and so the marathon begins…

It has been a few days since my return from California for my first course week in the Master of Wine program. In short, it was some of the most illuminating, overwhelming and (the understatement of 2015 is about to come up here) humbling experiences of my academic life. I feel, though, that it needs … Continue reading

MW scribbles no 1: deep breath.

“Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”– Harper Lee I cling to that quote as I set about this educational journey which parallels no other that I have attempted to this point– even my M.A. in Lit seemed much more … Continue reading

autumn leaves in colorado…

Autumn is, without a moment’s hesitation, my favorite season. Since I was little, I was drawn to the change of color, the onset of contemplation at school, the softening of the sun’s hue, the crescendo of the harvest’s intensely flavored foods. In fall, the words of Emerson ring most true… the melodic hum of life … Continue reading

euro scribbles: a balmy summer night in Pau…

There are those days when it seems the world just lets itself in, just under the skin– it becomes part of you with its impression. The past few hours fell into one of those rare and wonderful times. I threw on my shoes, looking for not much more than a long walk to gather my … Continue reading

euro scribbles: a quick stop in the Languedoc…

We took a night in Narbonne with the team– a much needed fast from decadent cheese, desserts and wine (by fast, I of course mean we just had a little)– the hotel where we stayed just off the A7 between a truck stop and an industrial park fortunately did persuade our palates to overindulge. We … Continue reading

euro scribbles: epic raindrops in the rhone…

Heartbreak in the south as well. Just as I was settling into the car this morning, anxious to meet another producer–Helene Thebon of Mas de Libian–I called her son Aurelian to confirm the address. This polite but flustered young man explained that perhaps it wasn’t the best day to visit. The hard rain I felt … Continue reading


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